B.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
J.D., University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Courses Taught: Legal Foundations I & II; Estate Planning; Bar Examination Skills
Professor Katie Tolliver Jones joined LMU Law in August of 2017. Before joining the faculty of LMU Law, Professor Jones worked at the law firm of Holbrook, Peterson, Smith, PLLC in Knoxville. While at the firm, she focused on estate planning and civil litigation. Professor Jones handled matters involving appellate litigation, estate administration, worker’s compensation, tax, contract law, and real estate, among other practice areas. Professor Jones previously operated a solo practice and advised clients in matters of wills and estates, tax law, family law, employment law, and worker’s compensation. She represented individuals and small businesses and assisted fellow attorneys with appellate advocacy and brief writing.
In 2010 Professor Jones was selected by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation for one of two national fully-funded, two-year public service tax fellowships. As a public service fellow, she worked as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands to set up a low-income tax clinic serving eight counties in Appalachia. Professor Jones represented clients in administrative proceedings, negotiated settlements with the IRS, and represented clients in complex Federal Tax Court litigation. She also handled matters involving housing law, domestic violence, family law, juvenile law, elder law, disability law, and employment law and taught continuing legal education seminars. Professor Jones worked for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for a total of ten years, having begun as a volunteer and law clerk.
Professor Jones grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and completed her undergraduate studies at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She graduated with honors in political science and sociology with a minor in social and economic justice.
Professor Jones earned her J.D. at The University of Tennessee College of Law. During law school, she received authorization from the IRS to represent clients in administrative hearings and litigation. She was also licensed as a student attorney by the TN Supreme Court to handle other types of cases. She represented clients in the domestic violence clinic and the education law practicum and served on the Tennessee Law Review.
Professor Jones enjoys legal writing and strives to help students use their individual strengths to succeed and develop the skills needed to practice law.
In her spare time, Professor Jones volunteers for community organizations and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, Tar Heels basketball, and travelling. She is fluent in conversational and written Spanish.